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The past week in class we discussed industrial ecology and biomimicry. Through the reading Closing the Loops in Commerce: Running a Business Like a Redwood Forrest, the term industrial ecology was mentioned, which theorizes industry as a man-made ecosystem that operates in a similar way to natural ecosystems, where the product of one process is used as an input to another process. An example of this is engine product. Biomimicry on the other hand seeks sustainable solutions by mimicking nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies for new ways of living.

Life principles are based on the recognition that life on earth is interconnected and independent, and subject to the same set of operating conditions. By learning from these ethics we can model innovative approaches, and measure our designs against these sustainable targets.

Michael Pawlyn in TEDtalk emphasizes thoughtful design using integrative sources of inspiration by nature. He says we can solve many of our current environmental, hunger and power problems by working with biology. He also talked about three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society, which is radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

My carbon footprint calculation for my total greenhouse gas emission was 22. A majority of mine was from home, and food & diet. Seeing how high my percentages are in these areas makes me want to work on those and figure out a routine to lower them to create a better lifestyle.

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